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  • Outlaw King

    Outlaw King

    ★★★

    The hing wae a Scots film is yon weird patriotism. It might no be that gid, but the rollin hills and the romantic glens on the (wee) screen are enough tae make anywan faw in love. Just look it God Help the Girl - that plot's a lot eh pish, but a've walked they streets, ken those places, so ah cannae help but pure love it.

    Befare ah'd even fun the time tae watch Outlaw King, ma Twitter feed was…

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  • Cam

    Cam

    ★★★½

    Often sex work is something women are to be rescued from in cinema. Something has gone wrong in their lives and a happy ending would see them leave it behind, replacing what it provides with something supposedly more healthy.

    CAM doesn't care that Lola is a cam girl. She's motivated by her work, aspires to be the best. It's a job that keeps her creative, building narratives into her scenes that make people tune in time and again. Her fans…

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★

    You can't just show me Hogwarts and expect me to care. In fact you can't just show me Hogwarts, out of context, and not expect me to feel exploited. "You're a tourist in your own nostalgia" - a line from T2: Trainspotting - is said to someone who's revelling in what came before, unable to move on or live in the now. Crimes of Grindelwald has nothing to say so hopes that old familiar place with that old familiar theme…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    Boy meets girl. Boy bullies girl. Boy matures and tries to set things right.

    I really hated Ishida. You're supposed to, obviously. He bullies Nishimiya for no reason other than her deafness. He would have bullied her regardless, just because she was new to the class. He is the ringleader and the enabler for his friends to bully her too.

    Cut to years later and something has changed. He's distanced himself from who he used to be. Ostracised by his…

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★½

    After hearing of a tense Q&A where a man took issue with Carey Mulligan playing an unlikable character, it made me wonder what people want from pensive family dramas.

    Her Jeanette isn't always likeable. She's selfish, prioritising her relationships over her son. She's reckless too, loosely performing the role of caring parent, inconsistently jumping from tough love to borderline negligence.

    But her life isn't easy. Her man is insecure and then absent. Marriage hasn't been good for either before it's…